National Gin and Tonic Day

National Gin and Tonic Day is observed next on Wednesday, April 9th, 2025 (326 days from today).

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In the world, Gin is not as popular as Whiskey, Vodka or Rum, but it is the base wine for many famous cocktails. In Western countries, especially the UK, this type of spirit is very popular. Many have commented that "Gin is a clear, crisp, colorless distilled spirit with a pronounced juniper flavor but balanced nuances with spices, herbs and fruits". In addition to Juniper Berry (juniper berries), people often use cereals, angelica root, orange peel, anise, cinnamon, etc. to ferment and then distill, creating Gin. The gin and tonic is also known as a simple cocktail. On National Gin and Tonic Day, celebrated every year on April 9, raise a glass and celebrate this refreshing wine.

Gin Tonic is an unrivaled cocktail on hot summer days? Gin Tonic – the top solution when you don't know what to drink. Couldn't find a more perfect combination than that: gin and tonic water poured into a glass of ice, garnished with a slice of lemon or two. Don't be in a hurry to underestimate the combination of these two drinks of the same unattractive transparent color and having a "thanks to" taste that is nothing short of strong. So simple and seemingly humble, but behind the drink is a lot of cultural and historical values ​​contained in the gin's own story, the tonic's own story, and the common story of both.

History of National Gin and Tonic Day

Gin is the essence of England. The fate between gin and tonic flourished in tonic territory, precisely the British colony of India. Initially, the story of the birth of the gin tonic is closely related to malaria - a persistent disease that has plagued India and many tropical countries for a long time. Although quinine, a bitter medicine for malaria, has been discovered since the 1700s, its bitter taste will not be pleasant for people to drink. British soldiers were a group of people who brought great things to sick patients.

It was in the early 19th century, when Britain was occupying part of a colony in India, and malaria was always the God of death for the people of this country. Strong governance goes hand in hand with ensuring the health of soldiers, colonial rulers, and people. That means the British army and people must reduce deaths caused by malaria. Therefore, British soldiers in India at that time were given a daily serving of tonic water.

The British call it 'Indian tonic', water containing quinine to prevent fever. By 1825, British officers began to try mixing their home gin with Indian tonic water. At first, only a minority group knew how to mix it. Towards the end of the 1850s, along with an increase in the number of British soldiers in India as British troops expanded their presence in the subcontinent, there was an increased demand for quinine which led to the popularity of gin and tonics.

Not long after that, Gin Tonic escaped from the authorities in which it was born and developed. This mixed drink gets curious with a deep love-hate attitude. It contributed to an increase in alcohol consumption, setting the stage for Gin Craze to be steeped in gin in history, and leading to numerous ethical and health problems. Although most alcohol in general or Gin Tonic in particular was born for the reason of increasing strength.

When did people start adding lemon slices to the gin and tonic mix? Also related to the way of dealing with disease and another expansion of the Europeans. At the end of the 19th century, lemon was added to the daily gin and tonic diet to supplement vitamin C, or rather, to reduce diseases caused by vitamin C deficiency such as acne, mucous membrane bleeding conjunctivitis, canker sores…

The lemon flavor happens to go well with gin and tonic mixes, further enhancing the flavor and bringing freshness to the drink. It is not clear exactly how people started adding lemon, or who invented it, only today this has become an indispensable ingredient of cocktails in general or of Gin Tonic in particular.

Today, when there is no longer a burden of malaria prevention, quinine has been removed from the ingredients and the tonic water has no longer bitter taste. Gin Tonic is born in tropical environments, so it makes a great drink for hot days.

How to hold National Gin and Tonic Day

Celebrate the day by drinking Gin and Tonic. You can also enjoy Gin and Tonic at one of the best gin bars in the world. Besides, make yourself a Gin and Tonic using the classic recipe or try a different drink. You can try following the instructions below:

Preparation materials:

60ml Gin

150ml tonic water

A slice of lemon for garnish


Equipment: Highball cup


Before making Gin Tonic cocktails you need to prepare a few simple tools.

Step 1: Put Gin and tonic in a glass and put ice cubes in. Use bar spoon to stir gently.

Step 2: Use a few slices of lemon to decorate the glass. Or add lemon wedges, cut slices into the drink mix to enrich the flavor.

Above is the classic way to make Gin Tonic, in addition to this, you can also use raspberries, grapefruit, whole Vietnamese, cucumber, orange to refresh the way of making cocktails from Gin and Tonic. and ice cubes before stirring. Note that Rosemary is also a basic ingredient to enhance the taste of this drink.

Try this cocktail that will surprise you, dispel the hot summer air. Make a gin and tonic cocktail for your family and friends right away on hot summer days. Share on social media with the hashtag #NationalGinandTonicDay.


National Gin and Tonic Day has been observed annually on April 9th.


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